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Pesto Pasta

"Add crusty bread and a salad to this easy pasta dish to make a complete meal in mere minutes. 'The creamy sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil is a pleasant change from traditional tomato-based sauces,' writes Irene Smoliga of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania."
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10 m servings
Original recipe yields 4 servings

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  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, for pesto, combine the oil, cream cheese, garlic and basil in a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth.
  2. Drain the pasta and place in a serving bowl. Top with tomatoes and pesto; sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.


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Made this as stated for the recipe group, wishing I should have added LESS garlic and MORE liquid (cream, milk, ANYTHING that would make it less sticky/thick). I love garlic, but this was WAY t...

I made this recipe pretty close to as written and it was really good. I did use low fat cream cheese and one tablespoon less oil. The flavor was great but a little too mild so I would probably a...

I made this for the recipe group. I used rotini pasta because it is what I had on hand. I thought I would follow the advice of other reviews and melt the cream cheese with milk before adding t...

Recipe Group selection of 2/13. This was a huge hit with my group. I was very surprised because I thought I don't care for pesto. I'm not sure if it was mixing it with the cream cheese or omi...

Made for Recipe Group. Easy, fast, and delish! Some roasted red peppers with the tomatoes would have been a nice touch with this. The cream sauce could have been a little creamier, maybe some mi...

We tried this for the recipe group. The sauce had good flavor but the temp and consistency presented problems for me. I served the sauce on top as stated which resulted in sticky pasta and a col...

Recipe Group Recipe********We enjoyed this recipe. But there were some problems I had with it. The pesto is really really thick so I added a little bit of half and half to thin it down. I couldn...

Made this for Recipe Group and...We LOVED this pasta! I am a HUGE fan of creamy pasta sauces and basil/pesto, so I knew this would be great. I used mini penne because hubby doesn't care for ange...

I made this for Recipe Group this week. It was a tasty, quick dinner...will definitely go on our weeknight rotation. I served with "Aunt Mary's Eggplant Balls" from this site. I love how fresh i...